Gardening; the cultivation of potatoes

House & Garden Cuttingx3dge December 9, 2016 0 9
Nothing as tasty as home-grown potatoes. And the beauty is the potato, you can still keep very good too. Do not worry, you really do not land the size of a field needed to grow potatoes, but the smaller the garden, the less the natural harvest. You want it a try myself go, but do not know quite what to do? Then text below may help you on your way!


  • Cultivation
  • Soil and fertilizer
  • Growing Concerns
  • Keep harvest &


A potato plant is called a leg. That means you will not propagates a potato from a seed, but you special seed potatoes stops directly in the ground. This potato will multiply and then go make new potatoes.
The potato has a so-called early and late variety. This has to do with the period in which the potato can paw. Early varieties can already injected in the period from March to April. This can reap you already halfway through the summer and so enjoy your first potatoes. The early potato therefore has a relatively short growing season of "only" 90 á 100 days. The late potato seed you in April. These have a growth period of about 150 days and can be harvested from September to late October.
Additionally, you need two races but that are actually derivatives of the earlier and the later race. These are the means through the early varieties and late varieties.

Soil and fertilizer

Potatoes can be grown on all soil types but if they were allowed to choose, the potato prefers a slightly acidic soil.
Sprinkle if you have the potatoes planted immediately what patent potash as fertilizer, this gives the potatoes a good start. Sprinkle about 1.5 months later again what patent potash to help the potatoes at the growth. Use more preferably as little as possible nitrogenous products, the potato does not like too much nitrogen.

Growing Concerns

When growing vegetables unfortunately what concerns to the fore. These may be diseases, fungi and the like, but also a certain way of pre-treating the seed potatoes. Fortunately, growing the potato fairly easily, especially on a small scale are not very susceptible to diseases.
For Germs
Before the potatoes are injected, it is good to treat the seed. The potato is more than outward and has a greater chance of survival and a good fruit production.
The potato will find it pleasant to be a few weeks before planting in a container on a bright but not sunny place. This could be a bright room at his house. Because potatoes are now used to the warm indoor temperature you have to go hardening from mid-February. This can be done through the room where the potatoes are to bring to a temperature of about 10 degrees or turn the potatoes every day outside in the sunshine. Get them in the rain or cold in right away!
Make sure the soil before planting is well loosened. Pit of about 5 to 10 cm deep and put one seed potato per hole in the ground. How big should the hole is exactly the size of your seed potatoes. If the potato above ground will grow out you go hilling the potato. Keep the soil farther well clear of weeds and give the potato just some extra water in very dry weather.

Keep harvest &

There is a difference in the way of harvesting and storing of early and late potatoes.
Early potatoes
The early potato can you harvest when the bottom leaf of the plant is still green. Young potato peel you do not like his later sister, but you scrub gently under cold running water. You can buy the potatoes not so good store, so you can use them best to eat immediately on the day of harvest.
Late potatoes
The potato harvest you until the potato is completely yellow discolored. Potatoes can be the easiest harvest with a rake. Insert the prong carefully beside the potato into the ground and get back up diagonally. The potatoes then suspended between the teeth of the prong. Wash the potatoes and let them dry well, for example outside in the sun.
Let the potatoes for two more days to mature before eating.
Make sure the potatoes that you want to keep all dry, one wet potato is very fast mold and burn the rest of the potatoes and that is a waste of your harvest! Put the potatoes then a dark and cool place away. A barn or basement is a very good repository for potatoes!
Let no potatoes as they are harvested behind in the ground. These will grow again and then you're later with a proliferation of potatoes.